BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington named Joyce Poling its 2023 Benefactor of the Year. In a ceremony hosted by Ivy Tech Foundation in November, Poling was honored as one of 19 individuals across the state who have considerably impacted Ivy Tech communities and students.

“Joyce has made lasting contributions to Bloomington as a leader in county, government, community health, economic development, nonprofit board service, and at Ivy Tech Community College,” Heidi Schulz, Executive Director of Development at Ivy Tech Bloomington said. “Joyce’s long-time commitment to Ivy Tech is helping our students and graduates thrive and her legacy of leadership and service in our community is unmatched.”

In addition to Poling’s service and contributions to the Ivy Tech Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, she supports the college with:

  • Three endowed scholarships
  • Circle of Ivy Philanthropy membership
  • Ivy Tech capital campaign support

Through her service as Monroe County Commissioner, her deep understanding of the workforce development needs of our community led to the construction of the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences, which supports life sciences industry training and biotechnology studies for Ivy Tech students. The Indiana Center for the Life Sciences will also be host to semiconductor training in the region.

The Ivy Tech Foundation Benefactor of the Year recognition honors individuals, corporations, and foundations from Indiana for the gifts and volunteer service they have contributed to the college.

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About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.